The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 27, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, June 27, 2013


Phyllis Cox

Phyllis Cox, age 75, of Coal City, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert ‘Bob’ Ford

Sgt. 1st Class Robert "Bob" Ford, age 81, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Ellen Mae Munsey Griggs

PETERSTOWN — Ellen Mae Munsey Griggs, 82, of Peterstown, was welcomed by her heavenly Father on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Ellen was born in Rhodell, W.Va., the daughter of the late Daniel Hubert and Tula Mae Lowe Munsey. She is predeceased by her brothers, Robert, Bill, Junior and Lawrence Munsey, her sister-in-law Gaye Griggs and her mother and father in law, Vivian and “Red” Griggs.

Ellen’s earliest years were spent as a child in the coal fields of WV. Later, her dad ceased to be a coal miner and purchased a working farm in Dry Pond, WV and that farm was the center of the Munsey family for decades. As the children had children and the family grew, robust Sunday dinners there were a regular affair.

Ellen was valedictorian of the Class of ’48 at Peterstown High School and in 1949 she married the love of her life, Carvel Lee Griggs with whom she shared her life for 64 years. They made their home in Peterstown and thanks to Ellen’s unique gift of caring and taking care of others became a vital part of the community. Born with a servant’s heart, Ellen ministered regularly to the sick and shut-ins in the town and county. She carried out those duties by delivering meals, driving countless folks to doctor’s appointments, and spending many a night in the hospital with an ailing friend or neighbor. She was a living example of generosity of spirit.

Ellen was an active member of Peterstown Baptist Church for decades, and made sure her girls were reared in the church. In later years, she returned to the church of her youth, Red Sulphur Springs Church. She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Peterstown Woman’s Club.

Ellen worked for many years as manager of Carden Maytag, subsequently at Allen’s Furniture, and was the bookkeeper and tax-preparer for many local businesses and entities. She was quite smart and uniquely gifted at math.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Carvel, her daughters, Brenda and her husband John Timmer of Midlothian, Va., Debbie and her husband Steve Ballard of Norfolk, Va., as well as grandchildren, Michelle and her husband Cary Nothnagel, Robin Williams, Tia and her husband Jason Carpenter, great grandchildren, Truman, Trenton, Austin and Lucas, all of Midlothian, Va., and many grand cats and dogs. She is also survived by many in-laws, nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Ellen suffered from a massive stroke in 1988, miraculously survived it and returned to a full and vibrant life; however, she had another serious stroke in 2008 from which she never fully recovered. For the past five years, Ellen lived at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Brenda and John Timmer of Midlothian. She was provided tender loving care by Brenda and John with support from family and caregivers, one in particular who shared a special bond with her beloved “Miss Ellen” for the entire time of her illness, Tamika Lee.

Ellen’s life is a testament of Christian service and it is her truest legacy.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, June 28, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, with Rev. Archie Bowling officiating.  Entombment will follow in the Birchlawn Abby, Pearisburg, Va.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Red Sulphur Church, Rt. 1 Box 14, Peterstown, WV 24963.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Griggs family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Paul O’Dell Holtsclaw

FAYETTEVILLE — Paul O'Dell Holtsclaw, 74, of Fayetteville, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Heartland of Beckley in Beckley.

In accordance with his wishes, Mr. Holtsclaw was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

John Lilly

The ashes of John Lofton Lilly will be interred in St. Sebastian Cemetery, corners of Ford Street and St. Francis Lane, on Friday, June 28th at 1 p.m. The Catholic Rite of Committal will be conducted by Fr. Pen of St. Francis de Sales Church. John died on Dec. 17th, 2012. Those wishing to attend the services are asked to meet at the cemetery by 12:30 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Rev. James Thomas Mundy Jr.

MOUNT HOPE — Rev. James Thomas Mundy Jr., 77, of Mount Hope, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Lynchburg, Va.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Sophia First Baptist Church, 222 First Street, Sophia, with Rev. David Sneed and Bob Creed officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post No. 3110.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013, and at the Sophia First Baptist Church one hour prior to services on Sunday.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Elizabeth (Merze) O’Dell

SMOOT — Elizabeth (Merze) O’Dell of Smoot, formerly of Meadow Bridge, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Bob Meadows officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may gather with the family one hour prior to the service (1 to 2 p.m.) at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Joe Salango

Joe Salango, 91, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel. Friends may visit with the family from 10:30 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

On line condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Mona Christine Queen Smith

DANESE — Mona Christine Queen Smith, 58, of Stanaford Road, went peacefully home to the Lord, early Tuesday morning, June 25, 2013, at the home of her sister on Anjean Road at Rupert, following a long illness.

Born August 24, 1954, at Richwood, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Rev. William N. and Ada Pauline Blose Queen.

She loved the Lord Jesus with all her heart.

Survivors include her husband: David R. Smith of Danese; three sisters, Sarah J. Atwell of Rupert, Doris J. Cook of Rupert, and Judy K. Ignatious of Houston, Texas; three brothers, William M. Queen of Ark, Va., Marshall P. Queen of Montibello, Va., and Randy L. Queen of Rupert.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Bishop Michael Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville, W.Va.

Friends may gather with the family one hour prior to the service (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.).

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Daniel Ray Stover

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Daniel Ray Stover, 58, of 1300 Lowe Street, Bluefield, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at his home.

Born March 21, 1955, in Oak Hill, W.Va., he was a son of Sharley Maye Stover and the late Kenneth V. Stover.

Mr. Stover worked as a Shipping Clerk at Flowers Bakery. He loved to garden, enjoyed woodworking and sports, and was an avid WVU fan.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Mary Prater Stover of the home; two sons, Jeremy Allen Stover of Bluefield, W.Va. and Joshua Seth Stover of Beckley; two brothers, Kenneth V. Stover Jr. and wife Terry of Cool Ridge, W.Va. and Tim Stover and wife Tina of Lewisburg, W.Va.; two nieces, Caitlin Stover of Lewisburg and Dawn Marie Grant of Charlotte, N.C.; and one nephew, Jacob Stover who is stationed in New York. 

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday June 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. from the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Craig Hammond officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday from noon until the service hour. 

Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton where family members and friends will serve as pallbearers. 

Rhose wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com

Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Daniel Ray Stover. 

Terry Tilley

GLEN FORK — Terry Lee Tilley, 61, of Glen Fork, passed away June 24, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness.

Born April 14, 1952, at Mullens, he was the son of the late Clinton Clifford Tilley and Thelma Vaught Tilley.

Terry enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, riding 4-wheelers and being with his friends.

Survivors include his daughter, Melissa Ann Tilley Lester and her husband, Teddy of Clear Fork; two brothers, Tim Tilley of Glen Fork and Gene Tilley of Lancaster, Ky.; two grandchildren, Casey and Ashley Lester.

A celebration of Terry’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with Mr. Charlie Bug Tilley officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of the service.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting www.calfeefuneralservice.com

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville, is serving the Tilley family.

James Lee Varner

OAK HILL — James Lee Varner, 62, of Oak Hill, formerly of Dearborn, Mich., died on  Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Family funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Additional services will take place in Dearborn with burial at St. Hedwig's Cemetery, Dearborn Heights, Mich.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.